9 Ways To create a stress free work from home zone

The excitement of the possibility that working from home would be stress-free can dwindle because what seems like the opportunity to be free from the prying eyes of your superior may end up becoming the most stressful venture of your life.

While there may be free times, it may be overwhelmingly annoying to realize that you are unable to experience the freedom that working from home could afford.

This could range from additional demands from your superiors, the inability to find a befitting space in the house to work from, demands from your spouse, and the many distractions that from your spouse or children or from unsolicited guests who assume that working from home as an opportunity for them to catch-up on old times.

The resultant effect is that, in the end, you may end up fatigued, and exhausted not only from meeting targets on your daily schedule but also from the many distractions that emanate from home and unwanted visitors.

The following are the few clues and pragmatic ideas you can adopt in creating a stress-free work-from-home zone.


  1. Don’t Clog Your Schedule with Many Deadlines

Sometimes schedules are time-bound but this does not necessarily mean they have to be executed simultaneously. Trying to do many schedules at the same time is the fastest way to get your mind clogged, which inadvertently affects your efficiency, resulting in a type of mental stress, because your mind would make you feel you have failed woefully.


2. Create Your Work-Station in A Well-Ventilated Area

Ventilation, especially fresh air has a way that allows you to ooze stress off your mind. This is why when creating your work area as a stay-at-home employee, you must situate your work-station in a well-ventilated area, where you probably can view nature and as well enjoy the soothing relief that nature’s air can bring to you.

Ensure that if you can situate your work-station in a well-ventilated area, an alternative like a cooling fan, an air-conditioner is readily available. Good ventilation has a calming effect on your mind and allows you to relax and ease yourself of stress, especially when you have many a work to attend to.


3. Stay Away From the Kitchen

Kitchens can be your major distraction, especially when you have to yell or caution members of the family to stop clogging your head with smoke from the many fries they are cooking, or the chatter that goes on while you are trying to concentrate.

As long as your work-station is situated around the kitchen, you may not be able to stop all the distractions and this may result in you standing up to caution your family members; to raise your voice, which may affect your concentration and effectiveness.

This is another form of stress, because your inability to meet your deadline may get you exasperated; blame you may want to shift on your family members. Rather than getting into that cycle; steer clear of the kitchen!


4. Take Time to Exercise

Sitting for hours can be exasperatingly exhausting. Especially when you have to stay glued to the screen of your computer for hours. No doubt, you will feel aches when you get too sedentary. This is why you need to stand up, take walks at intervals to unwind, and unclog your mind from the fatigue that may set in for sitting for long hours.

You can have a fixed time when you take short walks or engage in little mental and physical exercise to relieve yourself of the stress you might have accumulated for sitting too long.


5. Ensure You Attend to Any Distraction Before You Resume To Work

Distractions can create a lot of stress on your mind and weary you out even when you have done little or no job since you resumed work. 

This is why you have to ensure that whatever might require your attention while working is treated before you resume work or are scheduled till the close of work.


6. List Out Your Schedule and How You Intend to Achieve it

Often not knowing what to do per time and how to create time to do them can create stress in your mind, because you might become engrossed with worry that you have many things to do and you are not sure you would achieve them within the limited time frame.

Worry, in itself, engenders mental stress, it thus behooves you to list out only the things you can achieve within your work hours or the scheduled time frame and map out simple pragmatic methods on how to get them done.


7. Avoid Unnecessary Multi-Tasking

Many people believe that multi-tasking is proof of effectiveness, but most times it isn’t always proof of productivity; you may end up doing many things ineffectively and averagely because you are trying to multi-task.

In the end, you would have exhausted yourself and the only thing to prove of your work is your average result.

Instead of multi-tasking unnecessarily, which most times would result in stress, avail yourself to learn how to accomplish many little things, within the shortest time frame.

Often what is needed isn’t multitasking, but a mastery of time and how to use it to achieve timely and relevant results.


8. Stay Away From the Reach of Your Children

Most children, especially when they are on holiday can wear you out with their many hourly demands even when they know you are working. It could be relevant things like their food, to ridiculous altercations like “who is taller between Dad and Mum?” or irrelevant details like, “how their breakfast was too cold”.

These things may seem disturbing to you, but they are the most important things to your children. It can be phrased into these few words: “they need attention”

What should you do? Anticipate everything they may need or require your presence for; provide them and stay away from their reach or assign a maid to help you with them while you are working.


9. Play Music that Eases You of Stress

Oftentimes, music can be an antidote or a panacea for stress. Find out music that relieves you of stress while you work. Music has the power to enhance your efficiency and gear you towards optimal performance. A good R&B, Classical, or Country Music can do the magic!